Personal connections for 2020 600 Miles of Remembrance

first_imgIn honor of Memorial Day, NASCAR Cup Series drivers and accompanying on-track vehicles in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) will carry the name of a fallen military member on their cars.For some drivers and teams, it’s an extra personal connection. Read on to see some of the stories.MORE: Every fallen servicemember honoredChip Ganassi RacingKurt Busch and the No. 1 Chevrolet will honor Construction Electrician Petty Officer Second Class (US Navy) Phil Grieser on the No. 1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet. Grieser served with the father of Doug Newell; Doug is an electrician tech at Ganassi. Grieser was killed from injuries suffered by a rocket attack near the camp of Seabee team 1013 on May 18, 1969, in VietnamDoug, through his father, had been in contact with the brother of Phil Grieser, Mark Grieser, who lives in Ohio. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR races currently are running without fans. Knowing they could not attend the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 as fans, Grieser, his wife Ann and their family drove down to the Chip Ganassi Racing shop to see the car in front of the shop — and, specifically, to see Phil’s name on the car.Gaunt Brothers RacingDaniel Suarez and his GBR brethren will honor the memory of U.S. Army SPC Ronald David Rennison of Dubuque, Iowa, who was killed in action Feb. 25, 1991, along with 27 other individuals by a Scud missile strike in Dhahran in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. There is a personal connection between SPC Rennison, who was 22 at the time of his death, and the GBR Toyota team. Rennison’s younger brother, Randy, was a high school friend of GBR road crew mechanic Barry Boeckenstedt. Randy Rennison served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Korea at the time of his brother’s death. — Courtesy Gaunt Brothers Stewart-Haas RacingThe windshield header of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford Mustang will carry the name of Private First Class Andy Krippner of Garland, Texas, who lost his life in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2011. Krippner spent just six weeks in Afghanistan and celebrated his 20th birthday days before his death. He lost his life when the Army vehicle he was in hit an improvised explosive device. The other soldiers killed in the attack included SSGT Kristofferson B. Lorenzo, 33, of Chula Vista, California; PFC William S. Blevins, 21, of Sardinia, Ohio; and PVT Thomas C. Allers of Plainwell, Mich. The soldiers were part of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.Bowyer’s SHR teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola will honor Lorenzo and Blevins on their Ford Mustangs Sunday.SHR fabricator Matthew Ridgway joined that battalion after the incident and said he “knows them as well as you could know someone you’ve never met based on the stories from fellow soldiers (I) served with.” — Courtesy SHRRichard Petty MotorsportsFallen Tuskegee Airman, Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson will have his name displayed above the windshield of driver Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. as part of NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 Memorial Day tribute at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 25, 2020. The car will also be painted to resemble the iconic A-10 Thunderbolt II, right down to the tiger shark teeth on the grill.The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Pilots, navigators, maintainers, bombardiers, instructors and support staff all trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties during World War II in Europe and North Africa.Dickson, who was assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron, flew 68 missions during WWII. On December 23, 1944, he was returning from a reconnaissance mission when his Mustang P-51 experienced engine failure. His plane crashed along the Italy-Austria border, according to the Pentagon. Searches of the crash site were unsuccessful, and in 1949, the military declared his remains non-recoverable. — Courtesy U.S. Air ForceTeam PenskeNo. 2 Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski will compete with SSGT Michael Donovan Reep’s name atop his windshield in Sunday night’s 600-mile event. Reep, a member of the 27th SOCES (Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron) out of Cannon Air Force Base, lost his life in Columbia, South Carolina in 2015.In the tweet below, Keselowski had the honor of giving Reep’s family the chance to be the first to see the Ford Mustang with his name on it via a video call.last_img read more

Valencia looking for championship form

first_imgValencia’s first opportunity to return to the ranks of the elite boys’ tennis teams in the Foothill League comes next week, when the Vikings (7-3, 2-0) play host to defending champion Hart (5-1, 2-0) and Burbank (6-3, 1-1) in a three-day period. After winning the league outright in 2002 and 2004 and sharing the championship with Burbank in 2003, the Vikings finished third behind Hart and Canyon last season, losing as many matches (12) as they did in the previous three seasons combined. Valencia nearly found itself in a first-place tie with Burbank, not Hart, following Thursday’s competition, as the Indians needed a victory in the final set of the match to pull out a 10-8 triumph over Burbank to extend its league winning streak to 12 matches entering Tuesday’s contest with the Vikings, who defeated Burroughs of Burbank 16-2. Hart’s only loss was a 10-8 setback to an undefeated Glendale team. Valencia’s three losses have been 11-7 against Camarillo (6-2), 15-3 to Granada Hills (4-0) and 14-4 to Viewpoint of Calabasas (7-2). Valencia’s Ryan Lassila and Steve Novak defeated Granada Hills’ Jeremy Choo and Zach Katz 8-7 (7-2) in the third-place doubles contest. Canyon’s Dan Debbini and Chase Lindval, along with Valencia’s Michael Amico and Demiel Lachin, were the only other Santa Clarita-area doubles teams to win their first-round doubles pro-sets. In the singles draw, Canyon’s Chris Guidroz and Valencia’s Carlos Ruiz and Jack Zapala all lost in the quarterfinals. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Valencia must first play at Saugus today and Hart plays at Burroughs. Tournament a smash: Although light rain sprinkled on the courts throughout the final hour of competition Saturday, Valencia was able to complete its annual Spring Smash tournament without weather interrupting the event. Hart’s Matthew Taotao won the singles title with an 8-3 victory over Camarillo’s Greg Punsalan in the final, helping Hart finish in a third-place tie with the host Vikings with 11 points (teams are awarded two points for a win in the championship bracket and one for a victory in the consolation draw). The Indians were awarded the tiebreaker over the Vikings based on a 73-64 advantage in total games won by their singles and doubles entries. Camarillo, on the strength of Punsalan’s runner-up showing, Connor Karen’s third-place finish and having both teams in the doubles final, won the competition with 22 points. Granada Hills was second with 12. last_img read more

Simona Halep says she is reuniting with coach Darren Cahill

first_imgFILE – Romania’s Simona Halep, winner of the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships, poses holding a replica of the tournament trophy, at the Henri Coanda airport, in Otopeni, Romania, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre)Two-time major champion Simona Halep says she is reuniting with coach Darren Cahill after a year apart.Halep said in a video posted Thursday on Twitter that “Darren will be back by my side next season” and that she “can’t wait to finish what we started.”ADVERTISEMENT Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She is currently ranked No. 6 after a second-round loss to Taylor Townsend at the U.S. Open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw 7 years after 2nd ‘retirement,’ Kim Clijsters returns to tennis They worked together for four years in the past. During that time, Halep won the 2018 French Open for her first Grand Slam title and twice finished at No. 1 in the WTA year-end rankings.She also was the runner-up at three major tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelIn November 2018, Cahill said he was taking a 12-month break from coaching to spend more time with his family and do TV broadcasting.Without him as her coach, Halep won Wimbledon this July. LATEST STORIES MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA View commentslast_img read more

What’s your freelance savings style? Ten tactics that could work for you

first_imgThis is a sponsored post from Joust, the first financial services company animated by and focused on the unique needs of freelancers. What if your bank admired your passion and respected your work? And what if it could guarantee you got paid? PayArmour, a revolutionary new solution from Joust, takes the hassle out of invoicing clients and protects you against client nonpayment.Salaried workers only need to summon their savings discipline every once in a while. They know their income. They can run the numbers, set their savings goal, and divert that amount directly to their savings account from their paychecks. It may not be fun, but it’s straightforward.In contrast, freelance workers face income volatility that can make our savings goal a constant moving target.You might be in the red this month, covering gaps with credit, and then flush with income the next.Or next month might always be the month you’re doing well enough to start good savings habits. The same way the White Queen in Through the Looking Glass told Alice it’s always “jam tomorrow.”Perhaps you’re alright this month, but not sure if you’re enough in the black to set some funds aside. That would take some figuring, which may or may not happen.Savings calculations and discipline are much bigger challenges for freelancers. Income volatility breaks down into two main components:Getting workGetting paidThere’s an abundance of advice out there on good savings habits, and much of it is written for W-2 employees. As a freelancer, you’re going to need to be more creative. We understand the need for savings because income volatility is something we encounter at Joust every single day. And, unfortunately, swings in income are still an inherent part of freelance life. We have discovered the actually-getting-paid part added uncertainty on top of uncertainty. Our meta-advice is to keep trying various tactics — spanning technology and psychology — until you find an approach to savings that you can efficiently and consistently maintain. Here’s a short-list to get you started:Use all the tech automation within reach. For example, some debit cards offer a feature that rounds up the purchase totals to an even dollar amount and puts the “change” in savings. Turn it on. It’s a safe assumption that you can probably afford this.Every time you get paid, funnel a certain percentage of that income into your savings account. Make this as automatic as possible, either through default settings or habit.Define your pay period: How often are you going to sit yourself down to figure out how much goes to savings? Every week? Every quarter?Define your savings purpose: How do you know what your overall goal is unless you have a sense of what you want it to cover? (emergency fund, taxes, retirement, that campervan…etc). Reaching a sub-goal will give you a taste of success and keep you motivated to save more.Designate certain clients as a source of savings income. Maybe you have three steady clients and all the income from Client C goes right to savings. Maybe you have two steady clients and all the income from various one-off assignments goes to savings.Cue extra savings off your spending. Want to finally buy that nice thing? Put 30% of the price tag into savings on the same day as that purchase.Better yet, flip that tactic another way: Every time you hit a savings goal, reward/reinforce that behavior with a purchase. (Keep that a very low percentage, though, so as not to undermine all your good work!)Buddy up: Use social pressure/support to reinforce your savings behaviors. This could be via social media or a real-life friend. Think AA or WW, but for money instead of alcohol or food.Try the “Pay Yourself First” tactic and put a set amount into savings every month no matter what. That’s a big ask for freelancers, but if you were the kind of baby that did well with “Cry It Out” sleep training, it might be just what you need.Reward yourself whenever you do any of the above. C’mon, you earned that avocado toast! As a freelancer, you’re an initiative-taker. Conceptualize savings as active. Your need to engage with it more than your W-2 peers, but unlike the related task of cutting costs, savings have the psychological advantage of being something you do, as opposed to something you need to hold back. You are a do-er, and you can do this.last_img read more